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Driving Instructor Training Course. Launch your new career


Looking for a new challenge? A change of pace? Or the chance to be your own boss? Becoming a driving instructor could be perfect for you. As one of the UK’s largest driving schools, we have a wealth of experience and have trained more than 10,000 people.

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We’ll refund your fees when you join our award-winning team

Join our award-winning team and we’ll provide our full driving instructor training course for just £2,330 with a 100% refund on these training costs when you become a RED Driving Instructor.

This price saves you £469 compared to our normal price.

  • Up to 80 hours of training
  • Earn whilst you train
  • “Fast Track” training option to help you get on the road as quickly as possible
  • RED Driving School receives more than 60,000 enquiries from new learners every month, which means that our Instructors are as busy as they choose.

Find out more about training to become a RED Driving Instructor today.

*Other course options and payment schemes are available. Terms and conditions apply.

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Why become a driving instructor

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Be your own boss

As a driving instructor, you won’t have a boss telling you what to do. You’re in charge, and you get to make the important decisions that affect you. You’ll also be able to make a positive impact on the community around you and meet new people every day.

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Balance your work and life

Making time for things outside of work is important. As a driving instructor, you can control your own hours and balance your life, enabling you to make positive changes to your life and increase your job satisfaction.

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Become a qualified expert

Get up to 80 hours of training from experts who have passed over 10,000 instructors. And in the last 12 months, the average RED driving instructor had a gross weekly income of £1,050.

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Join our award winning team


When you train with RED, we’re with you every step of the way, and once you’re fully qualified, you can access the benefits that come from being a RED franchisee. Simply fill out our enquiry form to find out how we can help and guide you to become a driving instructor.

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Earn while you train in your own time with unrivaled support throughout
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Training course includes 80 hours of training with a qualified RED trainer
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Join RED as an instructor after you qualify with us and we'll refund 100% of your tuition fees

Read what our trainees say



Looking to become a driving instructor and start earning as fast as possible? Joining our fast track programme could be perfect for you. With RED you can earn as you qualify on a Trainee Licence and our flexible fast track option gives you the option to speed things up and help to fit the training in with your busy schedule

Our qualified RED Trainers provide up to 80 hours of specialist training, and our fast track option is delivered at the same price as our classic route, with the benefit of being able to get a 100% refund on your training costs when you become a RED Driving Instructor.

Give us a call or complete the enquiry form to find out more about our fast track programme and RED Driving Instructor training course NOW.

Pete Chiston had to say “The fast track training was very intense and a lot to take in over three days however the follow up support from my in car trainer David was great and tailored to meet my very hands on approach to learning, this in combination with the office support has meant that the process although at points very challenging was still a positive overall experience.”

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How it works

How to become a driving instructor

Part one of the qualification process comprises two separate tests, and you are required to pass them both.

The theory test checks your knowledge of the Highway Code, general road safety, driving techniques, basic first aid knowledge and the theory of instructing a pupil. RED provides you with all the necessary training material, accessible online, and you can attempt as many mock tests as you wish on the training website to gauge your progress. The test lasts 90 minutes and you must achieve an 85 percent mark to pass.

The second part of the examination is a practical driving test designed to evaluate your driving ability.

Potential driving instructors must pass their theory test before moving onto part 2.

You must complete this test within two years of passing your theory test.

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The instructional ability test evaluates your ability to instruct a student. This is the final test in the process.

Students must pass both part 1 and 2 before moving onto the instructional ability test.

You must complete this test within two years of passing your theory test.

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The DVSA will issue you with what is, in effect, a provisional license to ‘teach for reward’. This means that you can join RED as a potential driving instructor (PDI) and begin giving actual lessons. This is an extremely effective way of honing your skills in instructional ability ahead of your part three test. It also means that you start to make a living as a driving instructor. Your trainee licence is valid for six months, and you will continue to receive 20 hours of in-car training on a one-to-one basis from a RED trainer prior to your part three test. On passing the test you can apply to be added to the DVSA register of approved driving instructors. The majority of trainees take this route.

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A small number of RED trainees choose to continue their training until test-ready without the use of a trainee licence.

The part 3 test of instructional ability is approximately one-hour long. A DVSA examiner will watch you delivering a client centred driving lesson to one of your customers. This can be a learner or a full licence holder. The examiner will be looking for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training. You are only permitted three attempts at the part 2 and part 3 tests, so it is very important to choose the right school when deciding to train as a driving instructor.

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Training Cost

We have combined the best instructors in the country with the most flexible yet effective training plan to offer what we believe is the top training course in the country. And not only do we offer you the chance to learn flexibly and earn while you train, but once you become a fully trained driving instructor with RED, we offer a total refund of your tuition fees up to a cost of £2,799.

You can then enjoy the luxury of being self-employed – this means having greater control over your own finances and schedule. According to research conducted by specialist driving instructor accountancy firm FBTC, the average RED driving instructor achieves a gross income of £1,050 a week, but it could be more depending on the hours you choose. There is also the opportunity to earn while you learn and start giving lessons while you’re training.

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Full Course

Purchase the complete package for a one off payment of £2,799. By choosing this option, you may be entitled to get a refund on your training fees.

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Pay as you go

This option allows you to pay monthly for the course, from £199 per month. Contact us for more details.


Meet our instructors

Atia Farooqi

I began training in 2017 with RED whilst working full time, before I officially started working towards a trainee license in January 2018.

One of the main reasons I love being a driving instructor is that it gives me flexibility to work around my family , which is very important to me. It’s also rewarding helping people achieve their driving goals, from mastering manoeuvrers during lessons to finally passing their test. Every lesson is different – no matter how many times you teach it – because all students learn differently.

Rory Higham

I’ve been a driving instructor with RED for around 7 years now. Prior to my career as a DI, I used to be a tennis coach, but I’d always enjoyed driving and decided to step into the industry after I’d finished university – and I’m so glad I did.

What I love the most about being a driving instructor is the flexibility it provides me, as I get to work to my own schedule. It’s also very rewarding helping learners grow their confidence, taking them from their first lesson to the moment they pass their test. Even though I mostly train instructors now, that feeling hasn’t changed!

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Rory Higham

The majority of RED’s training is based locally, although in some circumstances it will take place in a mutually convenient location. We would often advise you to train where you are taking your practical tests. Bear in mind, the training course is not full-time and, because we work around your other commitments, some of your time will be spent studying at home.

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If you wish, we can arrange for the majority of your training to take place on a Saturday. (Subject to availability)

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The DVSA sets the tests you need to take to become a driving instructor. The DVSA does make these tests challenging in order to ensure those who pass are fully prepared to take on the responsibility of teaching.
As with any adult learning course, becoming a driving instructor requires hard work and commitment. But, with determination and drive, and the support and expertise from RED, there is no reason why you cannot pass the tests and begin your career as a driving instructor.

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According to research conducted by specialist driving instructor accountancy firm FBTC, the average RED driving instructor achieves a gross income of £1,050 a week, but it could be more depending on the hours you choose.

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